Book Review: Ikigai

๐ŸŒธ Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles ๐ŸŒธ

๐ŸŒธ Do you listen to audiobooks? If yes, I would like to inform you that this book is free on YouTube! Do listen up if the following review interests you!๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒธ Ikigai is a short read of just nine chapters. The book is kind of a survey where the authors are trying to find out what is the secret behind the good health and long life, which is most commonly found in Japan compared to the rest of the world. They meet various people from different towns and cities and find out the following points:

๐ŸŒธ Discipline: The Japanese people believe in leading a disciplined life and most of them cooperate.

๐ŸŒธ Work: The Japanese people does not believe in retirement. They work until their last day, and hence find purpose in life. They never feel useless and hence desire to live longer.

๐ŸŒธ Exercise: People in Japan believe in early morning exercise and although Japan is quite technologically advanced, they still believe in human skills and handicrafts.

๐ŸŒธ Food: The Japanese people does not eat until they are full. A little hunger doesn’t hurt.

๐ŸŒธ Friends: They always make new friends and laugh and celebrate with them. Laughter is therapeutic and so are friends.

๐ŸŒธThese are some of the points that I found really helpful. There is obviously way more knowledge in the book than I can share in this post. I used to listen to this every night before bed for atleast 20 minutes. It really helps to calm the mind while the eyes are resting.


Book Review: Night Watchman Pvt Ltd

The story is about a man named Sanjay Dhingra who is an entrepreneur and the inventor of a product named JB. His company, named Night Watchman Pvt. Ltd. consists of Shivangi and Chandra apart from Sanjay. In the Great State, while juggling his professional and personal problems, will he be able to achieve his goals or surrender to his enemies.

This book consists of 418 pages and 11 chapters. A fast paced gripping thriller, it has introduced so many characters in the very beginning that it was difficult to remember all of them. However, as the story proceeds we come to know the importance of each character and realize that they are multi layered and grey. The language is a mixture of English with occasional vernacular words. The use of raw and savage language with themes of greed, lust and betrayal makes it suitable for readers above 18 years. The ending was not really liked by me but it is brutally honest, just like the entire story. Although the author tries to portray Sonia and Ruhi as strong female characters, in my opinion Shivangi and Kali are far better. Among the men, only inspector Ganpule was a man with morals. The author states, as I had assumed, that not all the characters, places and objects in this story are fictional. Recommended to crime thriller lovers who enjoy plot twists. Do check the trigger warnings beforehand.

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

๐ŸŒณ The story begins with an excerpt from a children’s book named Elios and the Foxtell. The comes the first narrator, Travis Wren who is capable of finding missing people. He has been hired to search for Maggie James, the author of Elios and Foxtell series who went missing five years ago. On the other hand, Theo lives in a locality called The Pastoral with his wife, Calla and sister-in-law, Bee. He has always wanted to venture out of Pastoral but a deadly disease in looming beyond the borders so nobody is allowed to venture out there. However these characters are related to each other and their secrets is sure to blow up your mind!

๐ŸŒณThe story is narrated from multiple POV and hence makes it more interesting to read. The first few chapters were hard to connect but after finishing 15% of the book the story became a fast paced gripping thriller. I am so in love with the strong character of Bee. All the characters in the book are so realistic, at one point I totally forgot that it is just a book! Totally unpredictable and unputdownable, I even dreamt of this last night, especially the last part got so intense.If you like multiple POV, slow burns and gripping suspenceful thrillers then this is highly recommended. This book will be out in December, if you like the review do pick it up! Couldn’t believe it was the debut novel of Shea Ernshaw, bestselling author of The Wicked Deep.


๐ŸŒณThank you @netgalley and @atriabooks for the ARC.

Vitamin H volume 2

Firstly the cover of the book itself gives a beautiful message of how we should help someone below us when we reach the peak. This book is a continuation of the Vitamin H volume 1. It consists of 151 motivational quotes. While the previous volume consists of quotes that focused on self confidence and hope, this volume focuses on giving up of negative habits like procrastination and self doubt. This book consists of 173 pages and can be read as a standalone even without reading the previous book. The language is simple English and easy to understand. Recommended to readers who like to read meaningful quotes and phrases about motivation. However, the quotes and nothing extraordinary and the impact of the book on readers may vary.

BEFORE Jared’s Story by Gina Detwiler

This book is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. Firstly, the cover is so attractive. Secondly, the unique plot, the simple and lucid language of the book, interesting narration and unexpected plot twists will surely leave you awestruck. The story begins with Jared, narrating his own journey. He was born as Jean Luc and his parents were circus performers. At first everything seemed pretty good until his parents noticed that he was quite different from other children. He had extremely slow rate of growth and looked like a three year old even at ten. Also, he had some exceptional qualities that no human can possess naturally, hence he was feared to be either angel or evil. His father tried to kill him on multiple occasions until one day after his father’s death his mother left the circus and moved to France. She remarried and started another family but Jared seemed to be never growing up. All this while, black shadow people used to communicate with him and ask him to do things that he himself didn’t want to. How Jared, who was feared by one and all, will one day be a savior is what the book is all about.
As mentioned above, the story is quite gripping and full of fantasy elements. There are elements of historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and mythology but romance was missing. There are some Biblical references also, along with Norse mythology. All of them spice up the story all the more. There is an important social issues mentioned in the book which generates some trigger warnings like sexual abuse. The book ends in a cliffhanger and I would love to read a second part of this book. Recommended to everyone who loves fantasy fiction. It is a really short read of 115 pages and can be finished within two hours.

Vitamin H: volume 1

๐ŸŒฟThis book is a collection of highly motivating and energizing quotes. There are 111 quotes that talk about heartbreaks and healing, moving forward and self development. The quotes are short and easy to understand. A highly recommended read to start or end your day with. Although it is something one should read all his life, it is specially recommended for young adults and people in their 20s. The quote I liked the most and totally agree with the author, is that we should all try self counseling from time to time because we are the one who know ourselves the best.

๐ŸŒฟIn conclusion, this book gives some very useful life advices in the form of quotes. However, I would have loved to see some beautiful illustrations in the book.

If I hadn’t met you

Ambika, a housewife and mother of two, is presumed to have committed suicide due to overdose of pills. On the same evening, her husband shoots himself and the kids, Rudra and Anjali, are left with their maternal relatives. Rudra, the seven year old boy blames himself for his mother’s death and always tries to avoid her death anniversary. Eighteen years later, Rudra is a part time fighter and full time businessman. Tisha Gupta, just eighteen years old, suddenly gets this eerie feeling that something is very wrong with her. Soon after, she’s able to see Ambika, or rather her ghost, who died eighteen years ago. When she claims that she was murdered, Tisha is sympathetic and wants to help her. She makes some weird requests then and says that it is the only way for her soul to rest in peace. Will Tisha be able to solve this mystery or land herself in danger?
The book is a short read of around 110 pages. The language is really simple and writing style is lucid. However, I felt that Tisha’s family could have been more elaborate, and the maturity portrayed by her was way more than an eighteen year old. Before abiding by a ghost and getting involved in the family matters of strangers, she should have atleast tried to contact her family or parents, in my opinion. Overall, it was a good read, consisting of drama, romance, horror, mystery and action. It will be make into a really interesting movie. Recommended for beginners to get them into reading, above sixteen years. Not recommended if you are looking for a thriller with lots of plot twists.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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We have heard about a lot of weird professions across the world, but have you ever heard about a Handmaid?ย Well, a Handmaid is a fertile woman, or a woman who is capable of reproduction. These women are kept in the house of the militants to bear them children. The Handmaid’s tale is a dystopian fiction set in the Republic of Gilead. The author describes what will happen if instead of feminism and equality, the world is forced into misogyny and chauvinism. The book describes how after a situation of war, the country’s laws are changed and the residents are forced into it.ย 
Under this rule, women are supposed to wear fully covered clothes and hoods with wings, they are denied education and freedom of speech, they cannot own money or property and must follow the rules that are made for them. Offred, narrates the story of her life as a Handmaid, away from her family, in an alien house. Her only duty is to provide offspring to the commander. The failure to abide by the rules set for her, will result in serious punishment, which is public execution or deportation to a toxic land where death is 10 times more cruel.The descriptions of torture, oppression and cruelty is sure to surge a wave of distress in the reader’s mind. Therefore I suggest this book to adults only, and make sure that you are mentally prepared for it. The book ends in a cliffhanger but I can’t help believing that it ended in the worse possibility. I’ll definitely read the next book The Testament, to find out what happens next.ย 


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

๐Ÿ“š Book Review and Recommendation ๐Ÿ“š_________________________________________

๐Ÿ„ Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno- Garcia ๐Ÿ„

๐Ÿ„ QOTD: Did any book give you a phobia?Orย Your most favorite author.ย 
โš ๏ธ TW: I didn’t know mushroom phobia was a thing before I read this book. Now I don’t think I’ll be able to eat a mushroom again ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. Also,the book has mild instances of torture and cruelty.ย 

๐Ÿ„ Noemรญ Taboda, a resident of Mexico city in the early 1900s is sent to High Place by her father to meet her cousin. Her cousin Catalina, who was a ward of Noemi’s father until she married Vigil Doyle and moved to High place, sent a strange letter to Noemi’s father after a few years. Worried about Catalina’s mental health, he sends his daughter Noemi to take care of her cousin. But as soon as Noemi arrives, she notices that the house, the family and everything else about High Place is peculiar. Before long, she finds herself in grave danger. Will she be able to save herself and her cousin?
This book is a Gothic horror fiction, with elements of mystery and fantasy. The main themes shall be dark family secrets, ghosts and magical creatures. I liked the character of Noemi and Catalina but Francis just won my heart โค. The book consistsย  of 320 pages, and 27 chapters. The first 100 pages were a bit slow, the next 100 pages were fast and the climax was no less than breathtaking! If you are a fan of horror and Gothic fiction then I’ll definitely recommended it to you.ย Not recommended for those who doesnt like horror genre.

๐Ÿ„ RATING: 4.6๐ŸŒŸ/5๐ŸŒŸ

Book Review: Lost love Late love

This book covers the themes of emotionally abusive relationships and its consequences. The three main characters are Kashika, Vivaan and Vidit. Kashika realizes that she is in an abusive relationship with Vivaan when he hits her and leaves her to suffer. Vidit supports her and helps her heal. Gradually, she feels herself attracted to Vidit but since he is already engaged, they hardly have a future together. Meanwhile, Vivaan comes back and apologize to her. What will Kashika do next?
This story brings up the plenty of wrongs that we suffer in the name of love in a relationship. The fact that the action not taken at the right time, may lead to severe irreparable damage is shown in this book. The language is simple and easy to understand. There are also some beautiful poems in the book. However, it felt like the characters were way too superficial and immature as compared to their age. Otherwise it is a must read for everyone.